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Areas and Monuments

The Palatine

The Palatine hill preserves the remains of Iron Age settlements connected with the earliest core of the city of Rome. The hill was home to important civic cults, including the Magna Mater (Cybele) and, between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, it became the residential district of the Roman aristocracy, with elegant houses characterised by exceptional painted and paved decorations, such as those preserved in the House of the Griffins. Augustus symbolically chose the hill as the site of his own house, which consisted of several buildings, including the House of Livia. Later the hill became the site of the imperial palaces: the Domus Tiberiana, the Domus Transitoria and then the Domus Aurea, and finally the Domus Flavia, divided into a public and private sector, the latter being known as the Domus Augustana. From their complex and partly overlapping plans, it is possible to understand how the different residences were connected to each other partly by underground passages, often richly decorated, of which the Neronian Cryptoporticus remains one of the best preserved examples. The presence of the imperial residences on the hill gave rise to a process of identification. In this way the toponym Palatium came, in modern languages, to mean a royal palace.


24h – Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine

Ticket valid for 1 day with 1 entrance to the Colosseum, without access to the arena, and 1 entrance to the archaeological area of the Roman Forum, Imperial Fora and Palatine.

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Full Experience

Valid for two consecutive days, it allows only one access to the Colosseum and one access to the archaeological area of the Roman Forum, Imperial Fora and Palatine, including ongoing exhibitions.

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Forum Pass SUPER ticket

Roman Forum-Palatine and Imperial Fora in a single itinerary. One ticket gives you access to the new route, which allows you to visit the archaeological heart of Rome in about two hours: the Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora and the Palatine.

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Full Experience Attic – Visits with the panoramic lift

The visits with the panoramic lift to the intermediate gallery between the 2nd and the 3rd levels and from there to the attic of the Colosseum will be possible every day of the week from 8.30 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.

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Accessibility and services

Accessible area
Info point
Audio guides
Video guides
Punto ristoro
Lift - Hoist

How to get here

Roma, Via di San Gregorio 30
Metro: Line B stop Colosseo
Bus: n. 51, 75, 81, 85, 87, 118
Tram: n. 3